Thursday, December 22, 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011

Win Fabulous Prizes and This Necklace!

Shown above is the necklace that Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry is contributing to the Ultimate No Excuses New Year New You Giveaway.  

If you've been dreaming of going into business for yourself, follow your bliss!  Give yourself a leg up on the competition by entering this fabulous giveaway.  One lucky winner will win prizes worth over $4,500, including a one of a kind website, professional copy writing, office decor, jewelry, paper goods, free advertising - including a print ad in Romantic Homes magazine - and much, much more!

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Ultimate $4,500 NO EXCUSES Giveway!

 Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry is proud to announce that we're participating in The Ultimate No Excuses New Year New You Giveaway.  One lucky winner will receive their chance to fulfill their dream of becoming an online entrepreneur!

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Prizes include a one of a kind original web design, professional copywriting and seo,  online classes, professional life coaching,  decor for your office, props and stock photos, quilt patterns and paper goods, jewelry, and lots of fabulous free advertising - including a print ad in Romantic Homes Magazine.

If you've been dreaming of going into business for yourself, do yourself a big favor and enter!  It's easy!  Visit Designher Brands Blog to read more about these incredible prizes and how to enter.  Hurry!  Contest ends December 11, 2011 at5 midnight EST.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Romantic Rose Earrings: Vintage Style Jewelry Gifts

Could there be anything more romantic than these very vintage style roses earrings?  Lovely hand carved mother of pearl gemstone carved roses are a soft chocolate rose color.  They dangle from amazing vintage brass rosebud connectors.  A sweet Christmas gift idea for your beloved.

Shop Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry for more romantic jewelry gift ideas.  Our jewelry is handmade and one of a kind.  We offer free standard shipping in gift box packaging, complete with ribbon and tissue.  Save 10% on your entire order with this discount voucher code:  BRJNEW  including our jewelry on sale and bargain bling!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Christmas Flower Jewelry: Winter Garden Bracelet

This winter garden snow blossoms bracelet would make a perfect Christmas gift for that special someone.  It's a delicate, handmade floral bracelet featuring a hand carved red coral flower framed by hand carved creamy white Mother of Pearl leaves.  Sterling silver accents this very feminine bracelet.

Shop more romantic jewelry gift ideas at Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry.  We offer free standard shipping and be sure to check out our jewelry on sale.  Plus, shop now and receive 10% off your entire order by using this discount voucher code at checkout:  BRJNEW   Shop our one of a kind handmade jewelry now for best selection.

Happy Thanksgiving from Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Black Friday Sale at Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry

Black Friday Sales have already begun at Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry!

Shop for that special, one of a kind jewelry gift for your special person.  We have a wide variety of handmade jewelry items on sale including necklace, bracelets, rings, earrings, and more.

Remember, FREE standard shipping with each purchase.  Plus, use this discount voucher code at checkout to receive 10% off your total purchase:  BRJNEW

Shown on the left are some gorgeous red artisan lampwork and crystal earrings.  Perfect for those holiday parties!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Vintage Rose Cameo Jewelry Necklace with Blue Crystals

This vintage rose cameo necklace features a genuine antique glass rose cameo.  I have just a couple of these incredible vintage cameos and they are very special. Gorgeous roses in royal blue and gold under a glass dome. Set in a vintage brass setting and accented with a brass repousse drop of flowers. Lots of deep royal blue crystals are accented with vintage brass rondelles. Lovely natural patina on all the vintage brass. Incredible details and delightfully romantic.

You'll find more romantic floral jewelry and one of a kind cameo jewelry at Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry.  Perfect Christmas jewelry gifts for those special ones on your holiday shopping list.  Free standard shipping and gift box packaging.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Turquoise Jewelry: Peridot Circles & Squares Pendant

This turquoise and peridot jade circle and square pendant is ultra modern and contemporary.  Vibrant colors in these natural gemstones.  The pendant features a series of dangles, each hand wire wrapped with silver so that there's lots of free movement.  

A puffy faceted turquoise square dangles from nice sized round coin gemstone beads of peridot jade and turquoise.  Lovely on both sides and designed to dangle from your own silver chain, cord or ribbon.

Just one of our one of a kind original pendants from Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry.  Shop our boutique for Christmas gift jewelry pieces and receive free standard shipping, plus gift box packaging.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Copper Jewelry Bracelet Star Heart Teardrop Charm Dangles

This hammered copper bracelet with star, heart, and teardrop charm dangles will inspire you to shoot for the stars, act from the heart, and banish those tears.

Handcrafted, one of a kind, copper bracelet is made with Black Onyx accents. Hammered copper links for the bracelet. Black Onyx gemstone charm dangles include a chubby heart, long teardrop accented with copper, and a small hand carved star. Gorgeous color combination. 
Not only is this copper charm bracelet a wonderful piece of handmade copper jewelry, it is also a beautiful way to heal your body and nurture your spirit.  Copper is often used to alleviate the cramps of menstruation and arthritis. It is said to prevent the wear and tear and calcification of the joints. Black Onyx has been used a a magical stone all over the world. It deflects negative energy and increases the wearer's stamina.
Shop more inspirational, healing copper jewelry bracelets, necklaces, anklets and earrings at Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry.  Thoughtful Christmas gift ideas await you, as well as free standard shipping and gift box packaging as our gift to you.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Romantic Floral Jewelry: Cherry Blossom Bracelet

Make a personal statement with this one of a kind, original Cherry Blossom Wrist Corsage bracelet from Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry.

This lovely handcrafted flower bracelet is truly like a corsage on the wrist.  Yummy Cherry Quartz big flat twisted oval gemstone beads have gorgeous cherry rose color and are transluscent with pretty veining. Combined in this bracelet with Freshwater Pearls in creamy white. 
The focal point is the hand carved flower blossom which looks like a breeze is gently ruffling the petals. Hand wire wrapped with sterling with a cascade of freshwater pearls for a stamen. Sterling silver accents.
This flower bracelet would make a very romantic Christmas gift for your beloved.  Shop for more romantic floral jewelry necklaces, bracelets and earrings at Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry.  Free standard shipping and gift box packaging with each purchase.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Marked For Happiness Bracelet with Smoky Quartz

This Marked for Happiness smoky quartz and gold bracelet was inspired by a line of dialog in the movie Hope Floats.  When Birdee's father explains that she is marked for happiness, my heart swells.

I believe we're all marked for happiness. However, a reminder is a good thing. This handcrafted gemstone bracelet would make a fabulous gift for a friend, loved one or beloved. Centerpiece is a hand stamped gold tone brass oval proclaiming the wearer is MARKED 4 HAPPINESS. Focal is surrounded by beautiful smoky quartz gemstone beads punctuated with gold. All hand wire wrapped with gold jewelers wire. A thoughtful totem and symbol of love. 

Shop more romantic jewelry gifts at Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry.  Loving Christmas gifts for special women on your holiday shopping list, plus free standard shipping.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Statement Jewelry: Autumn Carnelian Necklace

This semi chunky carnelian and marble gemstone necklace is perfect for this season.  Gorgeous deep burnt orange carnelian really picks up the deep persimmon veins in this natural canyon marble.  Semi chunky, meaning that it looks pretty large in scale, yet isn't.  Big chubby ovals graduate to smaller round beads for comfortable wearing.  Beautifully sleek, gray hematite beads really accent the marble and carnelian beads.  Silver accents round out this jewelry piece.  

Make a statement in jewelry from Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry.  We specialize in unusual, handmade jewelry creations.  Free standard shipping with every purchase.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Bird Jewelry: Swooping Swallow Dangle Earrings

There's such a very vintage style to these handcrafted bird earrings. Amazing vintage brass repousse swooping swallows have lovely natural brass patina. Detailed little birds carry ruby red Austrian crystals. So sweetly charming.  They'd make a delightful gift for a special friend, especially for the holidays.

Shop Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry for more bird theme jewelry.  Free standard shipping with each purchase.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Bridal Jewelry: Wedding White Flower Earrings

These wedding white flower earrings are delicate and perfect for a bridal party.  Absolutely darling, romantic handcrafted earrings. Beautiful hand carved Mother of Pearl flowers in creamy white are accented with faceted teardrop briolettes of Sea Opal. Gorgeous rainbows in the sunlight. Small in scale, but large in terms of your fashion statement.

Browse more wedding white Bridal Jewelry at Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry.  We specialize in romantic rose and floral necklaces, bracelets, anklets and earrings. Free standard shipping with each purchase.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Lucky Jewelry: Peridot Jade Silver Necklace

This semi chunky lucky jade necklace is perfect for this season's fashions.Lovely shades of green in this handcrafted gemstone necklace range from tart peridot lime to deep green. Beautiful natural lemon olive jade ovals lend this piece a chunky look without the large scale. Highly polished beads reflect the light in a lovely way. I've added teeny tiny peals in between and sterling silver findings. An unusual, earthy, stylish necklace.

Known as a lucky gemstone, the Chinese credit jade with the five virtues: clarity, modesty, courage, justice and wisdom. Jade symbolizes renewal and is calming to the spirit.  

Shop more jade jewelry in necklaces, bracelets and earrings at Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry.  And don't miss our Statement Jewelry for big, chunky and semi chunky showstoppers.  You may spot your signature jewelry piece. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Romantic Red Rose Ring

This romantic red rose ring would make a wonderful gift for your beloved.  Sweet little reconstituted scarlet red coral rose is center stage in this silver base ring.  Lovely details and beautiful color.  Treat your finger to a little romance.

Shop more romantic floral rose jewelry at Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry.  We have a garden of possibilities in our handmade jewelry selection.  Free standard shipping with each purchase.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Bridal Jewelry: Mother of Pearl Flower Brooch or Pendant

Simple floral pin is a stunning wardrobe accent. Lovely hand carved natural Mother of Pearl flower has a rich luster. Beautiful ivory, creamy white, fringe edged flower in full bloom. Colors vary just a bit according to the color you're wearing as background. Great carving details. 
Pinback is gold and includes a loop so that you may wear it as a pendant on your own necklace chain, ribbon or cord. 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Chunky Flower Necklace: Green Floral Blossom

Lovely hand carved flower is featured in the handcrafted necklace. Beautiful green Aventurine flower reminds me of a morning glory. I've taken citrine yellow crystals and more green Aventurine and hand wire wrapped them to created a free moving, dangling flower stamen. The necklace itself is composed of big, fat, chunky faceted gemstone beads of more green Aventurine. Punctuated with little citrine yellow crystals. A very romantic and substantial flower necklace. One of a kind. Silver accents. Extra long.

Shop more floral and rose jewelry, or browse the statement jewelry, at Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry.  Fast free standard shipping.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Chunky Carnelian Jewelry: Exotic Flower Necklace for Fall

Check out this chunky handmade flower necklace for fallGorgeous color combination!

Natural creamy white Riverstone is accented with huge, chunky, faceted Carnelian ovals in burnt orange. All hand wqire wrapped into a chain with copper jeweler's wire. Centerpiece is this hand carved Leopardskin Jasper flower blossom with a ruffled edge and nice carving details. I've accented the flower with a waterfall dangling cluster of more Carnelian and River stone for a flower stamen. A semi chunky flower necklace that has an exotic, earthy, organic feel to it. This jewelry piece will easily go from the office to a night out clubbing, plus will look great with your favorite blue jeans. 

Browse more handmade floral jewelry and statement jewelry at Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry.  Fast, free standard shipping with each purchase.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Copper Anklet with Freshwater Pearls

This handmade copper ankle bracelet is simply beautiful. I've taken creamy white Freshwater Pearls and used copper jeweler's wire to hand wire wrap them together.  Perfect any time, but so easy to imagine this as bridal jewelry for a beach wedding.

Not only is this ankle bracelet lovely, but it's also a great arthritis remedy.  Copper is used to alleviate the discomfort of menstruation and arthritis.  It's said to prevent the wear and tear and calcification of the joints.  Pearls reduce allergies and help to alleviate chronic headaches.  Now that's an awesome healing combination.

Browse more handmade, healing copper jewelry and select from a variety of anklets, bracelets, earrings and necklaces at Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry.  Free standard shipping and gift box packaging with every purchase.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Rose Brooch at Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry

Our roses are giving us a beautiful blast of color and fragrance in the garden, even if Mother Nature is warning us of winter's approach.   Let's face it:  we're always in the mood for roses.

If you feel the same way, be sure to take a peek at this sweet, romantic rose blossom pin.  This hand carved Mother of Pearl rose has a rich luster.  The color is creamy white with very pale pink highlights as it moves in the light.  The brooch finding is silver, but does not show while you're wearing the pin.

Browse our handmade floral brooches and pins for a romantic gift for your beloved or for yourself.  Gift box packing, complete with tissue and ribbon, and free standard shipping comes with each purchase from Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Gothic Garden Leaf Earrings for Fall

These handcrafted leaf earrings have an exotic flavor.  I used hand carved chunky leaves of Poppy Jasper in rich brick red with gray inclusions.  Then I dangled some sleek, gray metallic Hematite beads.  Silver accents finish off this gothic garden theme.

Did you know that a leaf symbolizes happiness!  

Browse more symbol jewelry at Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry and don't forget to check out our jewelry guide to symbols while you're there.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fall for this Statement Necklace

Though Mother Nature can't seem to make up her mind, these crisp, cool mornings can only mean that autumn is making her entrance.  You can, too, with this handmade statement necklace.

Created with natural oval beads of Canyon Marble in gray, burnt orange, creamy white and taupe, combined with sleek metallic gray Hematite, plus beautiful, big long oval beads of natural Carnelian.  Silver accents complete the look.  Fabulous colors any time, but especially for fall.  This necklace is what I like to call semi chunky.  It has a nice big scale, without being overwhelming or very heavy to wear in comfort.

Take a peek at all of the statement jewelry we have available now.  Shop Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry with a 10% discount and free shipping by using this discount code at checkout:  BRJNEW    

Saturday, September 17, 2011

New Vintage Cameo Pin: Victorian Mourning Jewelry Swooping Birds

You will definitely look as though you raided your great grandmother's jewelry box when you wear this vintage cameo pin swooping birds.  

Very Victorian in style, this brooch is handmade with vintage elements.  A wonderful vintage black glass cameo portrays a beautiful young lady in a flowing gown, surrounded by swooping birds.  I've set the cameo into a vintage brass cameo setting, then dangled it from a genuine vintage brass ribbon pin.  

This looks very much like Victorian mourning jewelry to me.  It would make a romantic gift for your beloved and would be especially wonderful for someone who enjoys history.

If you like this vintage cameo pin, then be sure to look at the coordinating necklace and earrings that are also available from Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry.
A beautiful jewelry set!  Visit Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry today for more vintage element jewelry pieces.  Gift box packaging and free standard shipping with each purchase.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Sweet Rose Earrings at Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry

You'll love these sweet new rose earrings at Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry.  Vintage lucite roses measure 3/4" in diameter and are dark angelskin coral / salmon in color.  These are post earrings with a nice comfort back finding for forget-about-it all day wearing.

Very romantic and would make a lovely gift for your beloved.  Don't forget that Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry offers gift box packaging and free standard shipping with each purchase!

You might also want to check out the coordinating rose ring shown below.

And then there's always this gorgeous very vintage Victorian style handcrafted rose necklace. 
If you haven't already begun your holiday shopping... maybe you should!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

New Unisex Copper Rings at Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry

If you're looking for a stylish way to add some copper jewelry to your wardrobe, be sure to take a look at the new copper rings at Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry.

These copper rings can be worn as a toe ring or on your finger.  They're adjustable.   Definitely unisex and perfect for men or women.  And did I mention how beautiful they are?

We have three styles of these new all copper rings available:  pretty braided pattern, a sensual ribbon loop pattern, and a wonderful woven spiral pattern.  All make lovely gifts and some folks like to use them as wedding or promise rings.

Copper is often used to prevent wear and tear and calcification of the joints. Also used to alleviate the cramp-like pains of menstruation and said to promote the smooth functioning of the glands. Encourages a positive attitude and self-confidence. Improves decision making and brings harmony among the members of a family.
Visit Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry on the web for more unusual, handmade jewelry.  Free standard shipping is included with every purchase.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Bloom Now: Red Coral Rosebud Earrings

Okay, it's pretty obvious that I love roses.  Usually I'm more drawn to shades of pink, but I just can't resist red roses.  Especially rosebuds.  And especially when they're combined with vintage brass dangle settings that depict more rose buds!  

These red coral rose bud earrings call to me.  Maybe they call to you, too.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Autumn Leaves and Freshwater Pearls: Happiness

Normally it might be a stretch to suggest that leaves, autumn or otherwise, have anything at all to do with pearls.  However, they definitely belong in the same sentence describing this exquisite blister pearl leaf necklace.

I love blister pearls. The focal point of this piece is a wonderful hand carved leaf blister pearl in shades of creamy white & ivory, carmel and taupe, and soft blush pink.  I've used silver to hand wire wrap gorgeous soft blush pink freshwater pearls in this necklace. Extremely pale, they're almost a sort of feminine neutral. Bali sterling silver accents both the necklace and the coordinating earrings. 
What makes this even more meaningful is that pearls symbolize a woman's perfect beauty. A pearl necklace is believed to warn sensitive people of imminent danger. Pearls promote wisdom and contentment; soften pain and bring joy.  And a single leaf symbolizes happiness.

Now, that's a brilliant combination!  Browse more romantic necklaces at Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Statement Jewelry for Fall: Sardonyx Floral Necklace

I adore Fall.  It's my favorite season of the year.  I love the crisp fall nights and the good excuse to light a crackling fire.  I love the warm autumn summer days when the sunshine seems more golden.  And I'm absolutely crazy about all the fall color as the leaves turn. 

If you enjoy a good Scarlet Maple or Sweet Gum in the autumn sun, then you should take a look at this carnelian and sardonyx floral necklace.  Big chunky gemstone beads in fabulous autumn colors.  It's a truly sensual combination of burnt orange, cream, golden yellow and more.  Pretty spectacular and just plain pretty, too, if you know what I mean.

Victorian Style Jewelry: Ivory Rose Necklace

You may very well find yourself explaining that you really didn't raid your Grandmother's jewelry box when you wear this handmade Victorian style rose necklace. 
Front and center is this exquisite ivory reconstituted coral rose pendant. The rose is fully three dimensional and looks as those it is a real rose that has been very carefully preserved for the ages. I've suspended it from a charming rose floral aged brass connector.
The necklace is composed of soft ivory natural Riverstone gemstone beads, accented with vintage style brass bead caps and little floral beads. Extra long, extra romantic, and extra special. Perfectly neutral in color so you can wear this very vintage piece with just about anything. Included are coordinating earrings composed of the same natural Riverstone gemstone beads suspended from antiqued brass leverback finding. 
This romantic necklace would be a beautiful accessory to wear to a wedding. Browse Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry for more Victorian style jewelry pieces.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Swim Litttle Fish: Lucky Koi Copper Pearl Necklace

Lucky Koi Carnelian Freshwater Pearl Necklace
According to Japanese legend, the strongest koi fish swims upstream until it reaches the final waterfall, where it vaults into the mists and becomes a water dragon. The koi a symbol of worldly aspiration and advancement. Because of its strength and determination to overcome obstacles, it stands for courage and the ability to attain high goals. The koi is generally accented as a symbol of good fortune by many cultures in the world.
Symbolizing renewal, this koi fish necklace is a wonderful talisman and perfect for any nature lover. Electric colors of orange. I've combined natural burnt orange Carnelian gemstone beads with amazing copper orange Freshwater Pearls. All hand wire wrapped with copper jewelers wire. Focal is a three dimensional hand carved natural Carnelian koi fish. Beautiful carving details in this gemstone pendant
Carnelian Koi Fish Pendant Close-up
Find your perfect lucky charm symbol at Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry.  Our jewelry is all handmade with care.  Free standard shipping and gift box packaging with each purchase.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Recipe: Apple Cheddar Scones

It is a bittersweet thing to be married to a man who loves to bake.  The sweet thing is, of course, the results of his time in the kitchen.  The bitter has only to do with the calories!

Gary's scones are absolutely one of my favorite things.  I'm sharing his original recipe, but you should know that he often experiments with different flavors.  Our favorite variation is to substitute smoky Swiss cheese and pear for the cheddar cheese and apple.  Whichever you try, you will not be disappointed.

Apple Cheddar Cheese Scones

2 1/4 cups flour (Gary uses all-purpose)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup lightly packed, grated, sharp cheddar cheese
1 large peeled, shredded apple (Gary likes Fuji)
1/4 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In a bowl, combine first three ingredients with a pastry blender.  Add butter and continue to cut in with pastry blender.  Stir in cheese and apple.  Add buttermilk and stir just until ingredients are combined.  (Don't over-stir)  If the dough is still very crumbly, stir in more buttermilk 1 tablespoon at a time.  Just enough to bring the dough together.

Knead the dough very gently several times on a floured surface.  Pat dough into a round, about 8 inches in diameter and 1/2" thick.  Cut into 8 triangles and placed on a lightly greased baking sheet.

Bake at 400 degrees for 24 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool a bit before serving with your favorite coffee or tea.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Butterfly Bracelets at Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry

Butterflies are still fluttering in my garden.  The blue-eyed Swallowtail have been joined by other species.  I wish I had the photography skills to really capture the scene.  It is magical!  

By now it will come as no surprise that I love butterflies.  Not only are they beautiful, but they are also a powerful symbol for change and transformation.  Butterflies can remind us to makes changes gracefully. And butterfly jewelry is a lovely way to remind us of that.

Shown above is one of my favorite  handmade butterfly bracelets.  The focal is an unusual hand painted ceramic oval with a gorgeous butterfly.  I surrounded it with gemstone and crystal beads in harmonious colors using vintage brass wire and even some filigree beads for a joyous result.

Shown above is another handmade butterfly bracelet.  Very vintage in style, this bracelet features a large vintage brass butterfly centerpiece.  Butterflies need flowers, so I included some beautiful brass flower connectors with all these rich golden yellow crystals. 

Browse Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry for more butterfly theme jewelry.  Each piece is handmade and one of a kind.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Butterflies on my mind...

For the past few weeks we've been enjoying some visitors.  Butterflies!  In fact, butterflies by the hundreds.  They've been swarming all of our flowers, but seem to be particularly attracted to our mimosa trees.  The majority appear to be Spicebush Swallowtail butterflies, however they've recently been joined by a few of other varieties. 

Absolutely gorgeous to watch.  Mesmerizing, in fact.  To my great disappointment, my photography skills simply cannot truly catch such small creatures in all their fluttering beauty;  at least not in the numbers we're seeing.

Very inspiring.  I can 't help but think about heading to my studio to create some butterfly jewelry.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Summer in the Garden at Bittersweet Ridge

Though I'm not a fan of summer temperatures soaring to 100 degrees and higher, nor the wicked humidity, I must say I appreciate Mother Nature's all out effort to cheer me up and onward.  My lily garden is simply glorious!

I can never make up my mind about a favorite.  What I do know for sure is that they provide mega inspiration for my romantic floral necklaces, bracelets and earrings at Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry.